Most girls (generalising a bit here) spent their New Year’s Eve day getting glammed up, I’m talking taking a relaxing bath and doing their nails while having a cheeky glass of wine. Lucky them!

I spent my News Years Eve day running up some very muddy fells. The WoodenTops Auld Lang Syne race started on the hills just outside Oxenhope.

Beautiful scenery near Oxenhope
Beautiful scenery near Oxenhope

Caution! First time fell runner
Caution! First time fell runner

After scaling the slopes of a quarry to the sound of bagpipes it was onto the fells.

Lulled into a false sense of “oh, this isn’t too bad”, after the first mile of gentle path and downhill the next 4ish miles were pretty much a brutal uphill slog. It turns out fell running is much harder than good old road running. If you’re not going uphill, you’re wading through some very boggy fields!

After 6.7 miles I was well and truly knackered. But, as hellish as it sounds, the scenery was beautiful and the atmosphere and encouragement from other, much more experience runners, was really positive. Plus, as a reward there was a bottle of beer for all the runners!

My time wasn’t amazing and I finished about 10 places in front of last place, but it was (I’ll grudgingly admit) kind of fun. And I definitely earned my New Years champagne!

Matt Newton and Melissa Hall put their best hoof’s forward in the Reindeer Stampede organised by Epilepsy Action on Sunday 6 December at Roberts Park in Saltaire.

The 5k fun run started at 10am and saw Matt and Melissa battle with some very fetching reindeer antlers. Giving the windy conditions on Sunday morning getting the antlers to stay put was somewhat of a challenge!

The track was multi terrain and slightly flooded in places, which made it a bit more challenging. But thankfully at the finish line there were volunteers on hand to give out medals, water and more importantly a good old mince pie.

Matt and Melissa agreed with event was really well organised and very enjoyable (as the pictures below show!).

 

Rocking the reindeer antlers
Rocking the reindeer antlers
Enjoying a cheeky mince pie
Enjoying a cheeky mince pie

Our very own Eileen won the October award at Halifax parkrun.

The prize was awarded to Eileen for a couple of reasons:

Firstly she managed a brilliant 9 (yes 9!!!!) consecutive parkrun personal bests.

Secondly Eileen has been a great volunteer for the Halifax parkrun, turning out on a Saturday morning to cheer on runners.

Eileen at parkrun

Awesome work Eileen, Keep it up!

Most weeks you’ll find a Puma or two at a local parkrun (Normally Halifax or Huddersfield) so if you’d like to give one a go register on the parkrun website and then post in the Pumas Facebook group to find out who’s running where.

Another wet weekend, another hardy bunch of Northowram Pumas battling against the elements.

Sunday 15th November saw four members run the Leeds Abbey Dash 10K. A fast and flat route from Leeds city centre out to Kirkstall Abbey and back.

  • Shaun Casey – 43m 53s
Shaun and his daughter after finishing the Dash
Shaun and his daughter after finishing the Dash

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Rachael Sherwood – 48m 15s
  • Katie Lumb – 57m 53s
  • Matt Newton – 58m 17s

November has been a busy month for the Pumas.

Harewood 10 and 5 mile trail race

On a pretty horrible (and that’s putting it mildly, we’re talking wind, rain, cars getting stuck in mud sort of weather) Sunday morning on 8 November four and a half intrepid Pumas took on the Harewood trail race. A multi terrain race around the beautiful even in that weather) Harewood estate in Leeds.

Three members completed the 10 mile trail race, with some pretty impressive times:

Luke Cranfield – 1h 11m 29s

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Luke doing his best running Fonzie impression

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adam Standeven – 1h 15m 33s

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Adam sporting a rather muddy look after completing his 10 miles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shaun Casey – 1h 20m 8s

And one member completed the 5 mile trail race:

Ally Canning – 47m 27s

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And Finley Canning, a young honorary Puma, completed a 2 mile race in a smashing time of 17m 33s

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Northowram Pumas Running Club held their Christmas party at the Halifax Bierkeller on Friday 13th November 2015.

The event was the Club’s first social event and thirty Pumas were on the party list. The evening started with drinks at Northowram Community Sports & Activity Club followed by a quick taxi ride to the Bierkeller venue, The Arches at Dean Clough Mills.

The best Oompah band in Britain, The Amazing Bavarian Stompers provided the entertainment for the evening. The Pumas had an amazing evening dancing on chairs with steins in hand and eating bratwurst and chips.

A disco with lots of dancing continued into the early hours and a few of the more hard core party goers made it into town for more fun and dancing.

The night was so successful that the Bierkeller will become an annual event on the Club’s social calendar.

Thank you to Wendy Hewitt and Ian Marshall for organising the event and thank you to the very generous Neil Coupe for the table wine.

If you missed out, then don’t forget to get tickets to our next social event before they sell out!